Recreational cannabis became legal in Michigan with the passage of the stateâ€™s Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act in 2018. The stateâ€™s first recreational dispensaries will open in early 2020 to serve adults ages 21 and older.
As the availability of legal marijuana approaches in Michigan, get to know the provisions of the new law.
Adults can possess up to 10 ounces of dry cannabis at home and up to 2.5 ounces in public spaces. Home-based cannabis cultivators can grow up to 12 plants.
Under the law, communities can opt-out of the recreational dispensary program. Currently, more than 500 of the stateâ€™s municipalities will not host dispensaries either because of limited retail space or concern about the impact of recreational cannabis. Citizens can also force a vote on this issue by collecting signatures of at least 5% of residents who voted in the most recent election.
Legal cannabis sales will carry an excise tax of 10% in addition to 6% Michigan sales tax. Communities that have dispensaries or small cannabis businesses will receive 15% of the resulting revenue from the state.
Although cannabis possession is legal in Michigan, residents who exceed the limits of the law can receive a fine. Civil penalties are as follows:
Unauthorized sale and distribution of marijuanaÂ remain a felony offense in Michigan. Crimes that fall into this category include the following:
Owning more than 24 plants also constitutes a felony. This conviction carries fines up to $10 million and up to 15 years in jail.
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